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Position: Driver
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Gambella, Ethiopia
Posted date: 11 months ago
Application Deadline: Submition date is over

Duties and Qualifications

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Driver in the UNHCR Office is normally supervised directly by the Administrative Officer/Associate/Assistant or another staff member when the scale of the Operation so requires it. Besides driving, the incumbent is responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the assigned UNHCR vehicle(s) as per technical guidance and specifications established by the Organisation. S/he is required to follow strict instructions and security guidance provided by the supervisor. While the basic function of a driver is to drive the official vehicles of UNHCR, s/he may be called upon to perform minor maintenance and repair of UNHCR vehicles.

The Driver has regular contacts with staff within the UNHCR Office and with others (including Partners, government authorities, etc.) outside UNHCR involving a limited exchange of information.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional, and managerial competencies and UNHCR's core values of professionalism, integrity, and respect for diversity.


  • Drive UNHCR vehicles for the transport of authorized passengers, deliver, and collect documents and other items.
  • Meet official personnel at airports or other locations and facilitate immigration and customs formalities as required.
  • Perform day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicles; check oil, water, battery, brakes, tires, etc., and ensure that the assigned UNHCR vehicles are road or waterway worthy and maintained up to the established security standards.
  • Perform minor repairs, arrange for other repairs, and ensure that the vehicle is kept clean.
  • Ensure that the steps required by rules and regulations, or other local procedures, are taken in case of involvement in an accident.
  • Log official trips, daily mileage, gas consumption, oil changes, greasing, etc.
  • Ensure that instructions and security guidance provided by the supervisor and security focal point are strictly followed.
  • Ensures valid documentation for passengers, items, or cargo in the vehicle.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For G2D - 2 years relevant experience with Completion of Primary Education or High School Diploma or higher

Field(s) of Education

  • Not applicable

Certificates and/or Licenses

  • *Driving Licences;

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


  • Driving license, knowledge of driving rules and regulations.


  • Not specified

Functional Skills

  • * DV-Driving Rules and Regulations
  • DV - Basic Vehicle Mechanical Skills;

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe and empowered to perform their duties. This includes demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seek guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.


This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting, and selection of candidates.

Position Competencies

Competencies as defined in Job Profile

Additional Information

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training, or any other fees).

Nature of the position:

The driver will work within the Admin Team in Gambella, Ethiopia. The incumbent will be working under the direct supervision of the Senior Admin/ Finance Assistant. The driver may be requested to go on missions to other operations within the country.

Living and Working Conditions

Gambella is a non-family duty station. Ordinary guesthouses for staff are provided, subject to availability of free accommodation, with plans to expand accommodation with modern facilities. There are limited banking facilities and limited medical facilities. There are daily commercial flights between Addis Ababa and Gambella.

The diversity of topography in Ethiopia has resulted in a wide variety of climates in the country. The climate in Gambella is classified as tropical. The hottest season in the region is in March/April and the temperature may rise to 45 °C, followed by a long rain season. The road network within the region is often affected by heavy rainfall during the rainy season. The average annual temperature in Gambella is 27.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1148 mm. Remoteness, isolation, and lack of entertainment in social life are the factors to be also considered prior to apply.

Security Considerations

Gambella is a non-family duty station, and it is currently at Security Level 3 - Moderate.

The security situation in the Gambella region has seen a significant deterioration in early 2016. The current security situation in the entire Gambella region is calm but remains unpredictable. There is an increase in criminality in Gambella town due to the economic challenges posed by COVID-19. Police have been reporting housebreaking and street robbery-related criminal activities.

The restriction of movement (curfew) is imposed on staff and occasionally on the activities in the field, depending on the development of the security situation. The security situation is expected to remain the same with no major changes according to the current reading of the situation. Road accidents are very common in Ethiopia due to dangerous driving and non-enforcement of traffic laws.


This Job is on a Temporary Appointment.

Knowledge of Local Language (Amharic) is desirable.

An eliminatory or complementary written test for shortlisted candidates may be conducted which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted